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James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock climbing came at the age of 15 and it was soon clear that he was blessed with a naturally elegant climbing style. However, he also had the dedication and commitment to refine and develop that talent and by the age of 19 he was already one of the UK’s brightest climbing stars. James has been scouring the planet for more demanding challenges ever since. 

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Siebe Vanhee climbing Orbayu  ©  David ‘Campe’ Lopez @davidlopezcampe

The Ticklist #2 - Puccio on Fire, Pearson Climbs his 2nd 9a and More

In this week's ticklist, we cover ascents from the boulders of Rocky Mountain National Park, quick multi-pitch ascents on massive limestone walls, to hard sport climbing by on-form Brits.

Caro climbing on a TNF expedition to Jordan.  © Caroline Ciavaldini
Caro climbing on a TNF expedition to Jordan.  © Caroline Ciavaldini

Interview James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini - Training at Home with a Baby

James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini are hosting a live webinar on YouTube tonight at 7 p.m. UK time on their Once Upon a Climb Channel. The webinar, titled 'An Adventure State of Mind', will discuss the mindset...

The Walk of Life  © Hot Aches Productions
The Walk of Life  © Hot Aches Productions

Fri Night Vid James Pearson - The Walk of Life

In 2008, James Pearson made the first ascent of The Walk of Life Dyer's Lookout on the North Devon Coast. The route climbs a direct start to Ian Vickers' Dyer Straits (E8 6c) which was protected by pegs.  At the time Pearson graded the route E12...

Sawanabori  © The North Face
Sawanabori  © The North Face

Fri Night Vid Sawanobori - Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

Our Friday Night Video this week is a trip to Japan to climb the country's highest waterfall: Shomyo Falls in...

Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face
Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face

Article Sawanobori - James Pearson on Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

On Wednesday 20th March, UKC hosted The North Face Speaker Series 'Sawanobori' film launch,...

James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson
James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest  © James Pearson

Video James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest

In November 2017, James Pearson made the first ascent of Power Ranger 5.14 R at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN. A video has...

James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva
James Pearson on Power Ranger 5.14 R  © Pietro Porro/ La Sportiva

News Power Ranger - 5.14 R First Ascent by James Pearson

James Pearson has made the first ascent of a run-out 8c trad line at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, TN, which he...

James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini
James Pearson makes the first ascent of Le Voyage E10 7a  © Caroline Ciavaldini

Fri Night Vid James Pearson E10 at Annot

James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions
James Pearson climbing Rhapsody, E11 7a  © Chris Prescott/ Hot Aches Productions

News Rhapsody E11 7a repeat for James Pearson

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Newsflash James Pearson Flashes Pembroke E9

James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country
James Pearson on The Jackals, E8 Pembroke  © Wild Country

Video James Pearson Talks Trad & Flashes E8

James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)
James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)

Video James Pearson - F8c

James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection
James relaxing on a Barcelona Rooftop  © James Pearson Collection

Features Exclusive Interview: James Pearson

James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite
James Pearson on the second ascent of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley  © David Simmonite

Photo James Pearson on Gerty Berwick

Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com
Neil Gresham, John Dunne and James Pearson  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com

News James Pearson... E12 justification

Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s
Landscape photo of Dyers Lookout, Devon  © chris s

News James Pearson climbs Devon Project - E12 7a

The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography
The Cratcliffe Groove Finally Climbed!,  © David Simmonite Photography

News James Pearson Climbs Cratcliffe Groove E10 7b


Latest Reviews for James's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting
Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size...

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey
One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in its class, the TX Guide may be the most mountain-worthy approach shoe on the market, if - and it's a big if - you can get on with...

Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood
Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood

La Sportiva Jackal

"I liked the Jackal from the moment I first put them on and have continued to love them through repeated use" says Rob Greenwood. Designed...

TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting
TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting

The North Face Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT Jacket and Trousers

In a campaign that challenges us to "Defy the past: Wear the future" The North Face's FUTURELIGHT...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear
ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

ISPO 2020 - Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and...


Latest News from James's Sponsors

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Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country

Wild Country Zero Friends

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures

Friends   © Wild Country
Friends   © Wild Country

Wild Country Product Lifespan Update

Wild Country is soon changing the official product lifetime. The potential lifespan of metal products is unlimited; however, since the effective lifespan depends on multiple factors we recommend replacing these products after maximum ten years....

Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country
Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country

Wild Country Product Preview - Spring/Summer 2021

As we approach the time of year where we are looking around to check out all the new gear coming out for SS21 we are faced with the realisation that this year will be slightly different. No international trade shows or brand sales...

Towers of Tigray 1  © The North Face
Towers of Tigray 1  © The North Face

The North Face presents: Towers of Tigray

With a rich history of climbing, the Tigray region of Ethiopia has always provided an incredible...

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined...

Volunteers working on the Hardknott forest project  © Restoring Hardknott Forest Project
Volunteers working on the Hardknott forest project  © Restoring Hardknott Forest Project

Restoring Hardknott Forest

Hardknott Forest is a 600 hectare conifer plantation in the upper reaches of the Duddon valley in the Lake District. It was...

La Sportiva Jackal - Mountain Running Shoe

The Jackal is a mountain running shoe dedicated to off-road running over ultra distances


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